It's a bunch of short (2-7 minutes) anecdotes in chronological order. Overall the book is superficial and indulgent with all the celebrity stories. It wasn't drudgery, but it wasn't engrossing and rewarding either.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
She's my friend
Carol, of course....but also her grandmother, her daughter Carrie, the little girl who peeked under the bathroom stall, the teenaged Vickie Lawrence, Jake the free school headmaster, Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Harvey Korman (even the day he misbehaved on the set so badly that Carol had to fire him), Marlon Brando (the day he called to ask Carol where she got her chin), the priest who asked for a hug onstage, and all the other mixed nuts enlivening this wonderful can of party mix.
The scene in which Carol is grabbed on a dark and empty New York City street, but scares off her would-be assailant using her greatest assets: her big mouth and her voice! I won't ever forget that story. I also loved Carol's assertion of "He's my friend" re: Jimmy Stewart, when she was just a little girl and had seen him on the big screen while on an outing to the cinema with her grandmother.
She's your favorite funny aunt, your sister, your mom, and your favorite babysitter all rolled into one!
I grew up with Carol Burnett; my parents were latter-day hipster swingers who left us alone every weekend evening so they could go out cavorting with other couples. As the oldest, I was in charge of the television in my parents' room as well as my brother....so Carol Burnett kept me company as my little brother slept on my parents' bed every Saturday night from 10 to 11. And she and her madcap castmates DID come to feel like friends! It was so interesting to hear the stories behind the scenes. VERY worthy use of a credit! Don't miss this one!
Fairly light biography with lots of stories that Burnett's fans will enjoy. I like her work but thought the book was a little dated with too many references to how great the original show and cast were....after a while, it just gets boring.
mom of 2 in az
If it weren't the fact that it was Carol Burnett, I would have given the book less stars. I am genuinely interested in her life, but would have enjoyed a biography more than an autobiography.
The stories were short, sometimes too abrupt. I think I would have enjoyed more continuity. Some of the stories seemed out of place and disjointed. Perhaps some could have been blended for lengthier vignettes.
I love Carol Burnett. She is the queen of physical musical comedy. She has no equal. However, her age has left her speech less than clear in places. The reading was too lengthy for her voice and left her sounding quaky in some places and slurred in others. This isn't the audio memory of her that I'm inclined to keep, so I'll go find some old clips to watch to erase the "fading star" impression this book left me with.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I grew up watching Carol Burnett. I first saw her back on the Garry Moore Show in the '60's. My friends and I would imitate her and the other characters on the show, and laugh our heads off. I am still laughing my head off at Carol Burnett. It was rewarding to hear her reveal things about her life that had to be painful, or embarrassing, or personal. She has always been like that, though, willing to put it all out there. "Love me or don't love me, but what you see is what you get." Well, Carol, we love you. Thank you for sharing yourself with America for so many years. Thank you for making us laugh and helping us forget our own troubles, if even for a few minutes. You are a part of us. This country is better off for having had you in it.
The stories were too sweet and chummy and not very funny. Ms Burnett's narration was strangely off kilter - her voice went higher at just the wrong moments. For a dramatic actress, she was a very sing-song, ineffective reader. The stories were too tame. If you were not a Carol Burnett Show viewer with memories of the actors she worked with, you will probably not find these stories very interesting. The only redeeming factor is that Carol Burnett is so NICE! And that comes through. But honestly, if we hadn't been on a long car trip with few other options, we never would have listened to the whole thing (and my husband usually likes
Carol did a wonderful job narrating her book,she made it real and inspiring. I would refer this book to all and give it 5 star rating.
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The only way to "read" this book, to me, would be to hear it straight out of the mouth of the beautiful, talented and glamorous woman herself. Ms. Burnett delivers a stellar performance reading this book. I loved every second of it and I was a little sad that it came to an end. I'm about to see if I can find more of her books now, listen to this book, you won't be disappointed. Thank you Ms. carol Burnett for sharing your life stories with us!!!
She is the funniest lady and I enjoyed her 1st book the most but this was more of the same, not as good. Had I not have read the 1st one I am sure this would have tickled my socks off.
this book is a book of Carol Burnett's laughter and reflections as it says in the title. I love Carol Burnett I love the sound of your voice and I couldn't be happier about reading this book. thank you Carol.